“Musical Notes from Around the World” – In June of 1999, Arkadia Records acquired Postcards Records, the visionary label that released a stream of critically acclaimed recordings during the 1990s by a broad range of luminaries in the world of Jazz. Established by Sibyl Golden, with Ralph Simon as lead producer, Postcards established a new sonic and artistic standard for jazz. (continued below)

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Formed in the early 90’s, Postcards released a number of highly praised recordings by such esteemed jazz musicians as Gary Peacock and Bill Frisell, Steve Kuhn, Alan Pasqua, Harold Land, Bob Stewart and Chip White. There was also a focus on electro-acoustic recordings by boundry-challengers like Paul Bley, Julian Priester and Sam Rivers, as well as modern and adventurous releases by the likes of Reggie Workman, Bruce Ditmas, Ralph Simon, Jorge Sylvester and John Clark.

Looking like a Who’s Who of the Jazz world, some of the remarkable Guest musicians featured on Postcards include Jack Dejohnette, Michael and Randy Brecker, Dave Holland, Andrew Hill, Paul Motian, John Abercrombie, Geri Allen, Gary Bartz, Al Foster, Tom Harrell, Billy Hart, David Hazeltine, Andrew Hill, Taj Mahal, Bob Mintzer, George Mraz, Steve Nelson, Steve Turre, Buster Williams, and many others as sidemen.

The newest release, “For Adults Only,” from Joris Teepe (“one of the top bassists on the scene today,” says Jazz USA) is a dual saxophone quintet featuring Chris Potter and Don Braden, with David Hazeltine and Bruce Cox rounding out the rhythm section. It has received glowing reviews.

Teepe’s artistry is a 70 minute powerhouse of interactive creativity….and it’s a keeper.” wrote Nancy Ann Lee of Jazz Times.

Postcards also expanded into the world of classical music with a pair of outstanding solo classical piano recordings by Steinway artist Lara Downes. Her first album Invitation to the Dance received these media comments:

            “Beautifully played by Lara Downes and an outstanding disc from the Postcards label.”KDFC, San Francisco      

            “A magical recording.” — WABE-FM, Atlanta GA

Of Lara Downes second album, American Ballads,” Leslie Kandell of The New York Times wrote

            “Wonderful recording, and a good choice of program.”

“Musical Notes from Around the World” is the revitalized slogan, says Arkadia Founder and CEO, Bob Karcy; “Postcards gives us the opportunity to release a broad range of music in and out of the jazz field, expanding both Postcards and Arkadia’s horizons. Postcards and Arkadia strive to produce innovative and exciting state-of-the-art recordings by some of the most creative musicians in jazz, classical and world music.

Here’s what the media have been saying about Postcards releases?

“Postcards continues to explore the possibilities of improvisation in an electro-acoustic setting . . . I highly recommend it for headphone listening.” – Cadence Magazine

“Beautifully recorded and sensitively performed . . . “ – Jazziz Magazine

“…aesthetically adventurous . . . the innovative instrumentation and the vivid dynamics of the recorded sound make it a feast of new sonic colors, one ear thrill after another.” –  Stereophile Magazine